Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany
Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany. (Image: AAP/Tracey Nearmy)

Pay television came late to Australia. It never had deep penetration, and now it’s all but vanishing in the face of changing watching habits accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Like Wile E. Coyote, it’s out over the canyon, pedalling hard at thin air to stay aloft.

Pay TV has always faced an unavoidable constraint on human activity: we can only watch one television show at a time. But in Australia, its end has been hurried on by News Corp’s long term determination to have monopoly control through Foxtel.